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  • "Today marks a milestone— for this Congress and for the American people as we make great strides to update our nation's chemical safety laws," said Rep. Fred Upton, R- Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The 403-12 vote in favor of the bill sends it to the Senate, where it's expected to be approved and sent to President Barack Obama, who is expected to...

  • WASHINGTON— Republicans controlling the Senate are moving to block new Obama administration rules that require financial professionals to put their client's best interest first when giving advice on retirement investments like individual retirement accounts. The Senate is debating a measure to overturn the new regulations, commonly known as the "...

  • WASHINGTON, May 24- U.S. senators questioned on Tuesday whether India's development of a port in southern Iran for trade access risked violating international sanctions, and a State Department official assured them the administration would closely examine the project. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday pledged up to $500 million to develop the...

  • The disparity is stark: workers in Grand Rapids, Michigan had the highest rate of access in the U.S. at 71 percent, but only 23 percent of workers in McAllen, Texas did, making it the lowest in the country. Not doing so could mean facing a population unable to take care of itself in the future, which could put undue strain on programs like Medicaid, food assistance...

  • HAVANA— Cuba announced Tuesday that it will legalize small- and medium-sized private businesses in a move that could significantly expand private enterprise in one of the world's last communist countries. The government has regularly cracked down on private businesses that flourish and compete with Cuba's chronically inefficient state monopolies.

  • *Betting odds point clearly to Britain staying in EU. LONDON, May 24- Investors seeking guidance on whether Britons will vote to leave the European Union are. Bookmakers are offering odds of 1/ 6- indicating a more than 80 percent probability- that Britain will vote to remain in the EU on June 23.

  • *Obama prods China on South China Sea freedom of navigation. Obama announced on Monday that Washington was scrapping its embargo on the sale of lethal arms to Vietnam, clearing the biggest hurdle remaining between two countries that have been drawn together by concern over China's military build-up. Critics said that by removing the ban, a vestige of the...

  • *U.S. confident of rights progress in Vietnam. Obama was due to lay out more of his plan for stronger ties with Vietnam on the second day of his visit, after scrapping an arms ban, the last big hurdle between two countries drawn together by concern over China's military buildup. Washington had for years said a lifting of the ban would require concrete steps by Vietnam...

  • MEXICO CITY, May 24- For two decades, Noe Sanchez sent money from California to his father in Mexico City through storefront outlets of traditional remittance firms such as Western Union. "If it goes badly, I'll cancel it and try another," said Sanchez, a 44- year-old Mexican technical support professional in Oakland. Trump threatened to impound such money...

  • President Barack Obama is set to lay out more of his plan for a stronger alliance with Vietnam on Tuesday, after scrapping an arms ban that was the last big hurdle between two countries drawn together by concern over China's military buildup. Washington had for years said a lifting of the ban would require concrete steps by Vietnam in allowing freedom of speech,...

  • President Barack Obama is set to lay out more of his plan for a stronger alliance with Vietnam on Tuesday, after scrapping an arms ban that was the last big hurdle between two countries drawn together by concern over China's military buildup. The removal of a vestige of the Vietnam War suggests U.S. worries about Beijing's reclamation of islands in the South...

  • WASHINGTON, May 23- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday will take up, and likely pass, a resolution to repeal a new Labor Department rule aimed at protecting retirement savers from profit-hungry brokers, a move that President Barack Obama has threatened to veto. The vote requires a simple majority, which Republicans command in both houses of Congress.

  • HANOI, May 23- The United States announced a complete end to its arms embargo on Vietnam on Monday, a historic step that draws a line under the two countries' old enmity and underscores their shared concerns about China's growing military clout. Obama, the third U.S. president to visit Vietnam since diplomatic relations were restored in 1995, has made a strategic'...

  • WASHINGTON— The White House and top House Democrats said Monday they will support a bipartisan bill to overhaul regulation of asbestos and other dangerous chemicals, clearing the way for the bill's passage in Congress and signature by President Barack Obama. The proposal will require the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate new and existing...

  • NEW YORK— Boeing Co. is selling 100 aircraft worth about $11.3 billion at list prices to Vietnam's VietJet as the airline seeks to expand its international and domestic flights. Boeing Co. said Monday that the planes, all of which are 737 Max 200 models, will be delivered between 2019 and 2023.. VietJet will also buy $3 billion worth of airplane engines from Pratt&...

  • Cautiously 'optimistic' about Afghanistan: Security expert

    Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Ret.), explains why he is more hopeful about maintaining security in Afghanistan than in Iraq, and would like to see the U.S. take more of a coalition approach to securing peace and engage more of our allies.

  • HANOI, May 23- The United States announced an end to its embargo on sales of lethal arms to Vietnam on Monday, an historic step that draws a line under the two countries' old enmity and underscores their shared concerns about Beijing's growing military clout. Obama, the third U.S. president to visit Vietnam since diplomatic relations were restored in 1995, has made...

  • President Barack Obama talks to reporters after a briefing on the administration's response to the Zika virus at the White House in Washington, May 20, 2016.

    NBC News' Tracie Potts reports on President Obama's 3-day trip to Vietnam where he is expected to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

  • President Barack Obama announced on Monday that Washington will fully lift an embargo on sales of lethal arms to Vietnam, underlining warming relations between the former foes amid rising tensions with Beijing over the South China Sea. Vietnam, where the United States was at war until 1975, has become a critical part of that strategy amid concerns about...

  • President Barack Obama said on Monday he was confident a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal he has championed will be approved by U.S. legislators, to the benefit of the world. Obama, on a Visit to Vietnam, told a news conference the TPP was a good deal for U.S. business and it would give the United States the ability to engage on issues of concern.